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Chapter-02 Developmental Origin of Thinking about God

BOOK TITLE: Science and Religion-Synergy not Skepticism

Author
1. Kostovic Ivica
2. Judas Milos
3. Sedmak Goran
ISBN
9789352702756
DOI
10.5005/jp/books/18046_3
Edition
1/e
Publishing Year
2018
Pages
12
Author Affiliations
1. Croatian Institute for, Brain Research School of Medicine, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia, School of Medicine, University of Zagreb, Croatian Institute for Brain Research, Zagreb, Croatia, Croatian Institute for Brain Research Center of Research Excellence for Basic, Clinical and Translational, Neuroscience, University of Zagreb, School of Medicine; Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Zagreb, Croatia
2. Croatian Institute for Brain Research, School of Medicine, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia, School of Medicine, University of Zagreb, Croatian Institute for Brain Research, Zagreb, Croatia
3. School of Medicine, University of Zagreb, Croatian Institute for Brain Research, Zagreb, Croatia
Chapter keywords
Neuroscience, cognitive science, human nature, fMRI method, neurodevelopmental approach, cortical function, endogenous function

Abstract

Recent advances in neuroscience and related disciplines such as cognitive science of religion, neuroscience of religion, science of human nature, and religious psychology, advance our understanding of necessary mental building blocks for religious thought. Furthermore, with the development of fMRI methods, novel data about neurobiological mechanisms underlying religion and spiritualty have been revealed. In this review we have characterized the potential of a neurodevelopmental approach in addressing this issue. During development there is a gradual emergence of unique cortical functions which make us human. The evidence presented here shows that the human as a cortical being forms very early during development and functions as such throughout the entire lifespan. Early endogenous function of the brain rooted in the transient fetal compartments, emergence of conscious experience and development of crucial phases in the understanding of other people’s minds are linked to the profound structural and functional maturation of the cerebral cortex and the brain.

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